(July 21, 2016) Weyers Cave, Virginia — Race car driver Quin Houff competes with his own fundraising campaign ‘BeatinCancerWithDuke.org’ on the sides of his race car, along with a pink ribbon on his hood. Earlier this month, the campaign exceeded the $10,000 mark in funds raised, with 100% of the money going to the Duke Cancer Institute.
The motivation behind the fundraising effort and paint scheme, which is distinctive for an 18-year-old driver, is quite personal to Quin.
“My mom, Kate, was diagnosed with cancer for the second time last year. Doctors at a local hospital told her that they could manage it with medication, but that she’d likely live with cancer for the rest of her life. We were pretty devastated by that,” Quin says.
The Houff family sought a second opinion from Duke Cancer Institute’s Kimberly Blackwell, MD, who recommended a more aggressive treatment plan. “They said we would grab it by the horns and try to completely beat it,” Quin recalls.
It was shortly after that Quin labeled his racecar with the motto “BeatinCancer” in pink to honor his mother as well as his grandmother, who was also fighting breast cancer. “At every track I went to, it hit a lot of people’s hearts; they have family and friends fighting cancer too,” he says.
After treatment at Duke, the cancer that had appeared throughout Kate’s body is no longer detectable on images. “My doctors are cautiously optimistic,” Kate says. Quin adds, “Duke’s plan worked perfect. Now instead of living with cancer, my mom is living the way she is meant to live—cancer free.”
Needless to say, Duke Cancer Institute’s mission to ‘transform cancer care through innovative research, seamless integration of academic and clinical missions, and compassionate care with hope, healing, and cure’ is something the whole Houff family strongly believes in.
Quin, who is one of just 7 drivers chosen this year to be a part of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP), will continue his BeatinCancerWithDuke.org fundraising effort as he crisscrosses the country with his family and his LFR Development Group racing team throughout the year. His next race is this weekend with the ARCA CRA Super Series at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indiana, before returning to the CARS Super Late Model Tour where he is contending for the championship, at Orange County Speedway (NC) on July 30th.
Learn more about driver Quin Houff on his website at www.QuinHouff.com. You can also keep up with him on social media: Facebook: QuinHouffMotorsports, Twitter: @P1_Houff, Instagram: @p1_houff. Make a donation to Quin’s Duke Cancer Institute campaign at www.BeatinCancerWithDuke.org.